The Las Vegas shooter, the Sandy Hook shooter, and one after another on the whole bloody list of shooters possessed weapons never intended for casual ownership. They were not part of a National Guard, today’s well-regulated militia, which was what the Founding Fathers had in mind in 18th-century America when they created Amendment II with clear and plain language: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” That’s how it was written, that’s how it should be read.
Leaving aside the sensational mass killings, an average of more than 90 people die from guns every day in this country; that’s nearly 34,000 a year. Neither Al Qaeda nor the Islamic State can claim anything like that, yet our legislators focus on foreign terrorists and ignore the real terrorist threat to us operating under our own flag and laws: the National Rifle Association.
Correction: A previous version of this letter incorrectly used the phrase “defense of a free State” in citing the text of the Second Amendment.